Four Special Ways Evan W. Smith Funeral Services Honors Our Nation’s Veterans

EWSFS Veteran Benefits 2020

For more than a decade, Evan W. Smith Funeral Services has been a cornerstone of the community.

We are deeply committed to serving our neighbors and our legacy of service to others is a source of great pride. Our nation’s military members know a thing or two about service to others. That’s why it’s such an honor for us to provide distinguished care to the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces and their family members. Offering a level of compassionate support that is unmatched in the Delaware area, we extend a number of benefits to veterans. Here are a few of the special ways that we proudly serve our nation’s military heroes.

1. Our Unique “Veteran Salute Program”                                                                                    

Evan W. Smith Funeral Services extends a 15% discount on services for members of the U.S. military (active, reserves, National Guard), retirees, and veterans. It is our way of showing our appreciation for their many selfless sacrifices.

2. Assistance in Securing and Coordinating Veterans’ Burial Benefits 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers several funeral and related benefits. They do not come automatically and must be requested in advance, typically through applications and forms outlining service history and burial intent. The submittal process can be time-consuming and complex, but we have many years of planning funerals for veterans and it is our pleasure to assist you. In addition to coordinating the military funeral service itself, we can help to secure any or all of these benefits:

  • A military honors ceremony. Upon the request of the family, the U.S. Department of Defense is legally required to give every eligible veteran a free military funeral honors ceremony. This includes folding and presenting the United States burial flag to the next of kin; a rifle salute; the playing of Taps; and honors detail with two or more uniformed military persons.
  • Burial in a veteran’s cemetery. Any member of the U.S. Armed Forces who die while on active duty or any veteran who was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable is entitled to burial or inurnment in VA national or state cemetery. This burial benefit includes a gravesite; opening and closing of the grave; a grave liner for casketed remains; a government-provided headstone or marker; and perpetual care at no cost to the family.
  • A headstone or marker for any cemetery. Upon request, the VA will furnish a government headstone or marker for the grave of the eligible deceased veteran in any cemetery at no cost.
  • Presidential memorial certificate. This gold-embossed paper certificate, signed by the current U.S. President, honors the memory of honorably discharged veterans. It’s a beautiful, enduring reminder of your loved one’s service to our country.

3. Personalized Veterans’ Selections

Evan W. Smith Funeral Homes offers a wide range of products, such as caskets, urns, and memorial merchandise, that can be personalized to reflect the extraordinary life of each service member or veteran.

4. Special Veterans Day Events

On Veterans Day, we extend special celebrations of thanks to members of our armed forces for their dedicated service to our country. We invite all servicemen and women to visit our Dover location, where they will receive a $15 gift certificate for a delicious meal at Mission BBQ and a free “Personal Information Guide”. It serves as a single source where you can collect and organize your personal information and is an essential planning guide.

The story of every veteran’s life deserves to be shared and celebrated.

When you need to make arrangements for a beloved member of the Armed Forces, you deserve superior care and a tradition of excellence. At Evan W. Smith Funeral Services, we consider it a great honor to provide members of the U.S. military and their families with the utmost professional and dignified assistance during their time of need.

We’re here to support you in honoring your loved one’s allegiance and selfless service to our nation. If you have questions or need to make funeral arrangements, please contact our caring professionals.

About Evan W. Smith Funeral Services: Since 2009, residents of Wilmington, Dover, and the surrounding Delaware community have relied on the caring staff at Evan W. Smith Funeral Services to help them through their darkest hours. Family-owned and operated, the company offers an array of elite funeral care services, including traditional funerals, cremations, memorials, pre-planning, and more. With decades of experience in caring for families from all cultural backgrounds and diverse walks of life, Evan W. Smith Funeral Services is committed to creating memorable, uplifting experiences that always exceed expectations. For more information, please visit

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